When I read Psalm 106 and it’s description of the Israelites of the Old Testament times, who repeatedly forgot all God had done for them, turned away from Him, and made gods of lesser things, my first reaction is disdain. How could they be so completely stupid? What losers! Seriously, how dumb do you have to be?
My second reaction is recognition. Wait a second. If I’m honest, this is describing me. How often do I worry about my situation, when God has provided for me or gotten me out of situations just like this in the past? How many times have I started putting my trust in, or giving my worship to, something that was not God? Crap, I am just like them.
My third reaction is relief. And it’s because of verses 44-45: But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. It turns out that even my complete loser stupidity won’t keep God from hearing my cry, loving me, and giving me the grace I desperately need.